research study identifying the role of ports, a forward timeframe of 30 years in servicing national supply chains is being undertaken. A paradigm shift to 'water based' freight solutions by barges and other forms of Short Sea Shipping (SSS proposed in Hallock 1,2 as well as investigating stakeholder commitment to reducing their carbon footprint will be researched as part of this. Funding and better investment criteria will also be explored. The paper draws on European policy and governance frame works incorporating SSS as a component of the logistics response to sustainability. The green supply chain is now an important determinant of competitive advantage and is commercially acceptable.
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